Beqarar Karke Humen Lyrics and Translation: Let’s Learn Urdu-Hindi

Today we showcase the lyrics and English translation of Hemant Kumar’s “Beqarar Karke” from the film Bees Saal Baad (1962). We often talk about seductive songs and cabaret numbers in classic Hindi films, but invariably those songs are sung by bad girl Helen or a femme fatale who entices our hero down the wrong path.… Continue reading →


150 Urdu-Hindi Terms of Endearment To Call Your Lover This Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day to our dear readers! We hope you a very romantic day with your loved one. The Indian subcontinent has an amazing variety of terms of endearment for the word ‘lover’. The origins of these terms arise from a wide diversity of languages within the South Asian diaspora, including Urdu, Hindi, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Farsi,… Continue reading →

How To Dance Like Bollywood’s Helen

Ever wanted to learn to dance like a Bollywood actress? Helen’s moves are infamous. When Helen dances, it’s as if the screen lights on fire, as if someone exploded a splattering bottle of crazy juice all over the set. The most scandalous of vamps in classic Bollywood cinema, Helen was such a dance icon that… Continue reading →

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Who Is Minoo Purshottam? Appreciation from a Former Student

Minoo Purshottam was an acclaimed Bollywood playback singer of the 1960s and 70s. She lived in the era dominated by the famous soprano sisters Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle, fighting for the ground they couldn’t cover—and scoring! Continuing our slant of broadcasting the unsung heroes of classic Bollywood, I now introduce you to Minoo Purshottam,… Continue reading →